What is a sigmoidoscopy?

A sigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and the lower colon. 

During the procedure, your physician will insert a scope into the intestines through the back passage. A scope is a small tupe with a miniature camera at its tip that can give us a good view of the colon lining.

Tissue biopsy

If necessary, your physician can use a small instrument to take a tissue biopsy for further analysis. This won't hurt at all. 

The sigmoidoscopy will take place at our Diagnostics and Treatment Center.

What to expect?

A sigmoidoscopy - how does it work?

You will be lying on your left side on the examination table, with your lower body uncovered. 

The flexible scope will be inserted slowly through the back passage. For a better view of the colon lining, we will blow some air into the intestines. We may need to take a tissue biopsy with a special instrument for further analysis. This won’t cause any discomfort.

No pain

The procedure does not hurt, although the insertion of the scope may be uncomfortable for you, and the air may cause bloating. Some people experience abdominal cramps, or feel unwell during the prcedure. The sigmoidoscopy will take approximately 15 minutes.


We offer a special consultation during which our medical personnel will explain the procedure to you, and tell you which medication you can continue to take before the procedure.

Empty, clean intestines

Your intestines need to be empty and clean before the procedure. We will give you a special diet and laxatives. Half an hour before your procedure, we will administer an enema, some liquid that rinses the intestines that will stimulate bowel movements. 

We recommend bringing someone with you who can take you home after the procedure.

After the procedure

If no abnormalities were found, you can go home directly after the procedure. If your physician had to take tissue biopsies, you will receive your results after abour 10 weekdays. We will make an appointment with you to discuss your results.

Potential side-effects after the prcedure

You may experience abdominal cramping. If we took tissue biopsies, you may experience blood loss. These symptoms should be brief and lessen over time. If your cramps or blood loss get worse, please contact your physician immediately.

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